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Explore Athens, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora, Mykonos, Santorini and Rhodes Islands
Operates Every Sunday - from April to October

Program

- Sunday - Day 1 - Arrival in Athens

KALOS ORISATE! Welcome to Greece!
We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. After a short briefing about your tour, you will have the
afternoon free to rest and explore Athens on your own.
Overnight in Athens.

- Monday - Day 2 - Athens - (B)
After breakfast around 8:30 AM, we will meet you at your hotel for your guided tour of Athens.
You will explore Temple of Olympian Zeus, Panathinaiko Stadium (where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896).
After that, we will drive by the Prime's Minister's residence, the Royal Palace, (guarded by colorful Evzones), Zappion (Conference and Exhibition Hall), National Garden, Hadrian's Arc, St. Paul's Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Schlieman's House (Numismatic Museum), Catholic Cathedral, Academy, University, National Library, Old Parliament, Constitution Square, and the impressive Russian Orthodox Church.

At the ACROPOLIS, you will visit Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon, Erechtheion and the Museum of the Acropolis.
In the early afternoon, we will provide a transfer to your hotel, or we can also drop you off at the Plaka so you can wander and explore. Overnight in Athens.

- Tuesday - Day 3 - Athens to Olympia - (D)
Around 8:30 AM, we will meet you at the lobby of your hotel and depart from Athens for Olympia.
Along the way, you'll visit, Corint Channel, Epidaurus and Mycenae.

Corinth Channel: a canal connecting the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea.
It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnesian peninsula from the Greek mainland and therefore effectively making the former an island. The canal is 6.3 kilometers in length and was built between 1881 and 1893.
Epidaurus was a small ancient city on the Saronic Gulf. This territory was the sanctuary of the healing god Asklepios, and was histories first original medical and health tourism destination!
Nauplia is a beautiful seaport town, on the north end of the Argolic Gulf, whose charming homes have quietly crept up the hillsides.
Mycenae is an archaeological site; from the palace viewpoint, one can see across the Argolida to the Saronic Gulf.
Dinner will be served at the hotel. Overnight in Olympia.

- Wednesday - Day 4 - Olympia to Delphi - (B/D)
After breakfast, you will start the day visiting the following famed archaeological sites of Olympia
: Temple of Zeus, Temple of Hera, The Altar of the Olympic Flame, The Stadium, and the Archeological Museum.
After visiting these sites, we will drive along the coastal road towards Delphi, passing through Patras and Antirion.
On the way we will make a stop the Mountain village of Arachova for lunch and some free time to explore the village at your own pace.
We will then be on our way to Delphi. After another scenic short drive we will reach Delphi in the evening, check into our hotel.
Dinner will be served at the hotel.
.Overnight in Delphi.

- Thursday - Day 5 - Delphi to Meteora - (B/D)
In the morning after breakfast we will start the day visiting the ancient site of Delphi.

Delphi is both an archaeological site and a modern town on the south-western spur of Mount Parnassus in the valley of Phocis in Greek mythology.

Delphi was the site of the Delphic oracle, the most important oracle in the classical Greek world, and a major site for the worship of the god Apollo after he slew the Python (a dragon who lived there). Python (derived from the Greek pythein, "to rot") is claimed by some to be the original name of the site - in recognition of the Python that Apollo defeated.

Delphi was also a pan-hellenic sanctuary, where every four years, starting in 776 BC, athletes from all over the Greek world competed in the Pythian Games, which was one of the four panhellenic games and a precursor to the Modern Olympics.
After another scenic short drive we will reach Kalambaka in the evening, check into our hotel.
Dinner will be served at the hotel.
.Overnight in Kalambaka.

- Friday - Day 6 - Kalambaka to Athens- (B)
In the morning after breakfast we will start the day with visiting Monasteries of Meteora.
The Meteora means suspended in the air or in the heavens above etymologically related to "Meteorite") is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos.
The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece.
The Metéora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Athens we will make a short stop to see heroic monument of Leonidas at Thermopylae.
Arrival in Athens, Overnight stay.

- Saturday - Day 7 - Athens to Mykonos - (B)
Very early in the morning, we will transfer you from your hotel to Piraeus ferry port, and put you on a fast ferry to Mykonos Island. After arrival, we will meet you at the harbor and provide a transfer to your hotel, after check in the hotel you will have a full free day to relax and or explore the Island.
Overnight in Mykonos.

- Sunday - Day 8 - Free day to Explore Mykonos - (B)
Breakfast provided in the hotel; today is free for you to explore Mykonos on your own.
Optional tour to Delos is available at your request.

Located in the middle of the Aegean Sea, Mykonos is one of the most popular Greek islands, thanks to its beaches with crystal-clear water, windmills, charming waterfront buildings, stunning archeological sites and excellent nightlife. Archaeological records here indicate that the Ionians settled Mykonos in the early part of the 11th century BC; more recent discoveries have uncovered ruins in Ftelia beach from the Neolithic-era Kares tribe dating back to 3,000 BC.
Overnight in Mykonos.

- Monday - Day 9 - Mykonos to Santorini - (B)
In the morning, we will provide a transfer to Mykonos ferry port for a ferry to Santorini Island. After arrival, you will check in at your hotel.
After check-in, you will have a free day to relax and explore on your own.

* Santorini is one of those iconic places that will be permanently etched in your mind. Everywhere you turn is a photo opportunity. Essentially, the island is what remains of an enormous volcanic eruption, which destroyed the earliest settlements on what was
formerly a single island. The aftermath of the explosion created what you see today, a caldera. All of the whitewashed, charming houses cling to the high cliffs of the rim, while the deep blue Aegean Sea wraps around the geological masterpiece, hundreds of feet below.
Its spectacular physical beauty, along with its lively nightlife, has made this island a perennial tourist favorite.
Overnight in Santorini.

- Tuesday - Day 10 - Exploring Santorini - (B)
After breakfast we will take you on a tour of Santorini. You will hop on a boat to explore the caldera, take in the hot springs, view the ruins of Thirrassia, and afterwards, you will be taken back to your hotel.
Overnight in Santorini.

- Wednesday - Day 11 - Santorini to Rhodes - (B)
After breakfast, you will have a full free day to relax and explore Santorini on your own.
Many take this opportunity to relax and tan on one of the islands many beaches, such as Red Beach, or, you may opt to return to Oia for more sightseeing.
Late afternoon we will provide a transfer to Santorini Harbor and put you on a ferry to Rhodes.

- Thursday - Day 12 - Rhodes - (B)
Early in the morning arrival in Rhodes, transfer to your hotel, after check in you will have a free day to relax and refresh.
In the afternoon, you will meet you guide for a 2 hour walking tour of the Rhodes Island.

- Friday - Day 13 - Rhodes - (B)
Breakfast at the hotel --- Enjoy a free day at leisure ---- Overnight in Rhodes Island.

*In ancient times, Rhodes was home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Colossus of Rhodes. This giant bronze statue
once stood in the harbor. It was completed in 280 BC but was destroyed in an earthquake in 224 BC. No trace of the statue remains today. Before archaeology, myth stood in for blanks in the historical record. In Pindar's ode, the island was said to be born of the union
of Helios the sun god and the nymph Rhode, and the cities were named for their three sons.

- Saturday - Day 14 - Rhodes to Patmos - (B)
After breakfast we will meet you at your hotel and provide a transfer Rhodes Harbor and depart from Rhodes on the Island Hopper ferry to Patmos.
On the way you will be seeing a lot of different Islands and enjoy an half day scenic ferry ride to Patmos Island.
Arrival in Patmos, Check into your hotel. enjoy rest of the day at leisure.

- Sunday - Day 15 - Patmos - (B)
After breakfast we will meet you at your hotel and take you on a tour and you will enjoy a panoramic drive up to the Monastery.
You will visit St. John Monastery, Monastery Museum, and the Cave Of Apocalypse.
After the tour you will be transferred to your hotel.
Overnight in Patmos.

- Monday - Day 16 - Day at leisure in Patmos - Overnight ferry to Athens - (B)
After breakfast you will enjoy a free day at leisure, swimming, snorkeling hiking and enjoying your
(( you will keep your hotel room until your midnight departure ))
Late might, you will board the overnight ferry.
23:55 pm Departure from Patmos Island on the overnight ferry to Athens.

- Tuesday - Day 17 - Arrival in Athens - (B)
Early in the morning arrival in Athens, transfer to your hotel. After check in enjoy the day at leisure.
Overnight in Athens.

- Wednesday - Day 18 - Athens to Home - (B)
Andio sas! Good bye! It is time to go home. We will transfer you to the airport and wish you well; we hope our paths cross again soon.

Program

Total cost: __ per person in double ____ for single supplement -
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Includes
* All ferry port & airport transfers
* Centrally located unique hotels - (with breakfasts)
* Guided tours in Athens and in Santorini
* Admissions to the ancient sites
* Ferry tickets from Athens to Mykonos
* Ferry tickets from Mykonos to Santorini
* Ferry tickets from Santorini to Rhodes
* Ferry tickets from Rhodes to Patmos
* Ferry tickets from Patmos to Athens
* All taxes and service charges

Excludes
* International flight tickets to and from Athens.

This program can be customized, ask us about adding extra destinations or additional hotel nights!

santorini
athens
crete
corinth channel
Epidaurus
delphi
meteora
mykonos island
santorini island
santorini
rhodes
rhodes
patmos
patmos

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